The Apple Glasses haven’t seen the light of day yet, but rumors about them are flying. Apple is planning a later release, which could happen in 2023, after the AR/VR headset.
We’ve always known Apple for its iPhones and iPads. But the brand also invests in various technological products. Lately, there are rumors about the imminent arrival of two new products including glasses Apple Glasses and the AR/VR headset. According to rumors, the AR/VR headset will probably see the light of day long before the smart glasses. The other product is more of a buzzword.interest of the general public. Indeed, it is an accessory that will be worn every day. In this file, we will discover the characteristic details that Apple plans for its smart glasses. We will make, in passing, a tour on the calendar of exit.
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Rumors about new products based on mixed reality
Belonging to GAFAM is not a coincidence for Apple. Like other Silicon Valley giants, the brand aims to maintain its dominant position in the high-tech sector. Currently, Meta’s VR headset, the Meta Quest, is on a roll; so is the HTC Vive.
As a result, we can only think of Apple’s desire to to compete with its competitorsas it has always done before. This is probably why the brand has planned to release its own helmet based on the mixed reality. But it is still uncertain as there is no release date planned yet.
The rivalry between the computer giants also goes beyond VR headsets. Other rumors have reported the existence of a new race, the connected glasses race. Last I heard, Meta is positioned next to Amazon in this new quest, as the Apple Glasses have yet to make an appearance.
For now, many predict that Apple will officially announce its glasses in the spring of 2023.
Apple Glasses: origins in an acquisition
Before discussing the features of the Apple Glasses, it is worth knowing where the idea came from. Over the past few years, Apple has focused on mixed reality. The firm has acquired various companies in order to develop its projects in this sector. In 2018, a startup calledAkonia Holographics gave the key to Apple, after having acquired it.
The company was working in the manufacture of lenses for augmented reality glasses. It was also known for producing the thinnest and lightest screens on the market using a technology called HoloMirror. After the acquisition, Apple picked up the torch by producing ultra-clear, colorful displays.
It was also from this technology that the brand was able to start its new project on smart glasses. Akonia Holographics designed the technology that will be used for the future Apple Glasses. Currently, hundreds of people are focused on the project that will allow the iPhone users to facilitate their daily life.
Design of Apple Glasses
Contrary to what one might think of smart glasses, the Apple Glasses will have the shape of standard glasses, without sophisticated design. The most recent prototype confirmed this although the marketing team suggested a Clark Kent design. However, it is worth noting the LiDAR scanner which is located on the right temple.
The design is confusing, however, as the information differs depending on their source. According to Leak Jon Prosser, the Apple glasses will look more like Ray-Ban Wayfarers or Tim Cook’s. On the other hand, Bloomberg claims that the prototype is more like a higher end sunglasses with thick frames to accommodate the battery and chips.
As for its variety, the team did not foresee tinted Apple Glasseswhile the tinted glasses can protect us from the sun. So, if we can’t wear our connected glasses outside, we are forced to keep our sunglasses on. Given the reality, Apple may go back on its words, but nothing is certain until the Apple glasses embrace the market.
Delivered with a plastic support, these smart glasses are recharged via a charging case wireless. However, they are designed to be used as an iPhone accessory. Thus, it is believed that this design may undergo changes before its final release.
What Apple has planned for its glasses
Being smart glasses, the Apple Glasses will have the function of displaying the information of your iPhone directly under your eyes. They will thus synchronize with the iPhone to be able to perform these different tasks such as displaying emails and texts, opening iOS AR applications And many more. Apple is also thinking of opening a dedicated app store so that their users can run third-party apps.
In fact, Apple has filed numerous patents directly related to the production of Apple Glasses. For example, the brand has obtained a patent according to which the Apple Glasses would have aautomatic adjustment. Therefore, people with vision problems will not need prescription lenses.
Through another patent, Apple Glasses could also transmit images directly into the user’s eyes. This eliminates the option of a transparent display as well as the various discomforts caused by AR/VR such as nausea and migraines.
There is also another Apple Glasses patent that states that the smart glasses would bring Apple Maps under your eyes via their lenses. This works in a similar way to Google Street View but in a zoomed-in version.
Among other patents, we can mention the night viewIt can be used to change the background or to follow the movements of the fingers and hands of its user.
What can we say about the technical specifications?
So far, details about the technical specifications of the Apple Glasses are only speculations. One can, for example, speculate on the fact that field of view and resolution mimic those of Microsoft Hololens 2. Note that the latter has a field of view of 52 °, with a resolution of 47 ppi.
As for its connectivity, we expect Wi-FiThis will allow them to capture 3D images and then send them back at a very high speed. This will allow them to capture 3D images and send them back at a very high speed.
But since it is a device that is connected all day long, it will also require a more robust battery. We hope for a more durable battery, which can last for at least three hours. In any case, the charging case is a plus not to be neglected. It offers additional autonomy to the Apple Glasses.
What we expect most from Apple glasses
There are many rumors about the Apple glasses. But what does the public really expect? Do the rumors coincide with consumer expectations?
First of all, we expect glasses with a design which is not too far from theordinary. Being glasses for the general public, they should have a standard shape, without too much bling or typical geeky decorations. In addition, customers would like to integrate the full 3D technology Which is the source of the power of augmented reality. This will be used to run any iOS AR application with these glasses.
On the other hand, as a user, we hope to have connected glasses that can hold up to 8 hours without being recharged. At first, the Apple glasses allow to avoid to take out the iPhone every time a notification arrives. But in a second time, they are used to run 3D AR applications or 2D applications. Therefore, its battery must be able to resist a whole day without recharging.
Any details on its release?
Since Apple plans to release its AR/VR headset first, the release of its smart glasses is therefore not soon. According to rumors, we hope to see Apple’s AR/VR headset towards the end of 2022. Thus, we can expect to see the first Apple Glasses on the market in 2023.
However, this information is from a few years ago. And with time, things can change. Therefore, there might be some changes regarding the release date of the Apple glasses. This leads us to believe that the AR/VR headset may make their release during the Apple event on March 8, 2023. Such a change certainly pushes the likely release of the smart glasses to a later date.
As for the price, the Apple glasses could be sold at a price around the 500 €. At this price, we can say that they are rather accessible, considering the AR technology with which they were made. Recall that Microsoft’s Hololens 2 costs €5489 while the Oculus Rift sold for €700 and the HTC Vive, €900.